“What makes these results even more impressive is the fact that,on top of our normal maintenance work, we dealt with the majorchallenges of a spring flood that closed 49 bridges and culvertsand 200 roads last year, and then dealt with Hurricane Juan inthe fall,” said Mr. Russell. The 2003 customer satisfaction survey, conducted by the MarketingResearch Centre, is based on telephone interviews with 2068residents of Nova Scotia, 16 years of age and older. A randomsample of this size provides a sampling error of plus or minus2.15 per cent with a 95 per cent confidence level. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. number of four-lane highways; filling of cracks and potholes; resurfacing of highways; ice and snow removal; storm cleanup; highway design; number of passing lanes; length of passing lanes; all pavement markings; roadside brush and tree clearing; helpfulness of highway signs; maintenance of highway signs; number of non-commercial signs; width of highway shoulders; surface condition of highway shoulders; grading and dust control of gravel; ditches and culverts; and bridges. Nova Scotians gave their highway system improved marks last year,according to the results of the latest customer satisfactionsurvey. The 2003 survey for the Department of Transportation and PublicWorks found that Nova Scotians are generally happier with theirroads and bridges than they were in the past three years. Fifty-nine per cent of residents felt very or somewhat satisfied withthe provincial highway system. That’s nine percentage pointshigher than in 2002 and 2001. “The results reflect improvements we’re making to the highwaysystem across the province,” said Transportation and Public WorksMinister Ron Russell. “Nova Scotians are seeing the impact ofincreased capital funding every year since 2000, and more moneybeing spent on rural and secondary roads through our RoadImprovement Money program.” When respondents were asked what highway services are veryimportant, they answered ice and snow removal, filling cracks andpotholes, pavement marking and maintaining bridges. “The survey is a cost-effective way for us to measure the qualityof our service,” Mr. Russell said. “We learn what’s mostimportant to highway users, and work to improve on theseresults.” Respondents were asked to rate 18 different aspects of thehighways:
Bridgewater: 527-5380 Halifax: 424-1173 Kentville: 679-6013 Pictou: 485-7162 Truro: 893-7473 Yarmouth: 742-0614 Additional information concerning food safety during a poweroutage is available on the department’s food safety website atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/foodsafety/factsht/powerout.htm . Four local states of emergencies declared as a result of thestorm have now been terminated and the province’s EmergencyMeasures Organization (EMO) is closing its emergency operationscentre. EMO staff continue to provide needed assistance as communitiesacross Nova Scotia gradually return to normal following lastweekend’s early winter storm and the office will continue tooperate with its normal 24-hour duty officer procedures. “I want to thank all the emergency workers and volunteers whohave once again proven that Nova Scotians have a strong communityspirit,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the EmergencyMeasures Act, said today, Nov. 17. “Although power is beingrestored to the majority of the province, it is important toremember those who are still without power and to provide supportwherever it is needed.” The Department of Community Services and the Canadian Red Crossare closing comfort centres as electricity is restored incommunities across the province. Centres will remain open, asneeded, in the following areas:– Sobey’s community room in Tantallon– The Agritech Park in Truro– New Glasgow YMCA– Summerville Fire Hall– Brooklyn Fire Hall– Hall’s Harbour Fire Hall– Canning Fire Hall. Officials are also urging neighbours and families to continue tocheck on the more vulnerable people in their communities,especially those in more isolated areas of the province. Peopleon social assistance affected by this emergency can call theircaseworkers for assessment of emergency food needs. “As some people enter their fourth day without power, I can’tstress enough the importance of taking safety precautions,especially in view of some recent accidents involving the use ofcandles and generators,” said Mr. Fage. The fire marshal’s office is reminding Nova Scotians to ensurethat smoke alarms are in working order and to be extra carefulwith open flames and other sources of heat while they are withoutpower. Fire officials offer the following advice:– Use the correct fuel in appliances like Coleman stoves or oillamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous; — Generators, propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor useonly; — Be aware of the possibility of surges in generators whenprimary power is restored; — Space heaters create carbon monoxide. Ensure they are used inrooms with good ventilation and placed on a flat hard surface toprevent tipping. Do not leave the units unattended. Food safety also remains a primary concern. The main message forthose who have recently had power restored: “If in doubt, throwit out.” Food safety specialists from the Department ofAgriculture and Fisheries will again be visiting restaurants andgrocery stores to assess foods and provide advice. Food safety specialists in the Valley area will continue toprovide extended hours of operation in order to help residentsanswer specific questions about food safety. They can be reachedat 584-2080 until 10 p.m. today, Nov. 17. Specialists will be available in other communities from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. today, Nov. 17, at the following numbers:
The province is making a $10-million loan to Oxford Frozen FoodsLimited to support an important rural industry. The loan, announced today, Feb. 7, will help the company continueto buy millions of pounds of produce from local farmers for thecompany’s newly expanded processing plant in Oxford, CumberlandCo. “Oxford Frozen Foods needs to purchase more product and NovaScotia’s farmers need to sell their crops,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “At a time when otherprocessors are closing their doors, it’s critical to support theagricultural sector’s ability to export products and createjobs.” “All the stakeholders of the company benefit from this loan: ouremployees, our suppliers, the farmers, the customers, the town,”said John Bragg, president of Oxford Frozen Foods. Mr. Fage said the loan will support nearly 800 jobs at thecompany’s three plants in rural Nova Scotia, including those atits recently expanded processing factory in Oxford. The three-year loan is repayable and secured by the company’s newfactory, other significant properties and personal guarantees.Taxpayers are expected to receive about $600,000 a year ofinterest on the loan, with a profit of $200,000 annually. Oxford Frozen Foods recently completed an $85-million factoryexpansion, which created an additional 295 jobs. This $10-millionloan will help replenish the company’s working capital, which wasused to help finance that expansion. Oxford Frozen Foods is the major employer in Cumberland County.It generates $40 million in direct household income for NovaScotia. The firm has a proven record of expanding employment andmaintaining its loans in good standing. Oxford Frozen Foods is the world’s largest blueberry processor,North America’s second-largest frozen carrot processor and amajor supplier of battered frozen food products. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Supporting Agricultural Exports in NovaScotia
Spring weight restrictions will be lifted on all provincial roadsat 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 2. The weight restrictions have already been lifted on roads inYarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Lunenburg,Halifax and Hants counties. Restrictions for trucks are announced each year during thespring-thaw period to help protect roads that are weakened by wetweather. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -All Spring Weight RestrictionsLifted
Les Néo-Écossais vivent dans une province plus propre, plus écologique et plus durable grâce à des engagements pris par le gouvernement en vue de devenir l’un des endroits les plus durables au monde, du point de vue environnemental et économique, d’ici 2020. Le ministre de l’Environnement, Mark Parent, et le ministre du Développement économique, Angus MacIsaac, ont publié aujourd’hui 14 mai des rapports qui présentent les progrès réalisés par la province en ce qui a trait au respect de ses engagements dans la loi sur l’environnement et sur la prospérité durable (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act) et dans la stratégie Possibilités pour une prospérité durable. « Aujourd’hui, je suis fier d’indiquer à tous les Néo-Écossais que nous progressons dans l’atteinte de nos objectifs, qui sont plutôt agressifs, » a dit M. Parent. « Notre succès environnemental et économique continu fait de la Nouvelle-Écosse un endroit encore meilleur où il fait bon vivre, travailler et élever une famille. » La loi établit 21 objectifs à très long terme pour la province, qui varient de la réduction des émissions atmosphériques et des déchets aux nouvelles normes relatives à l’énergie pour les édifices et la protection accrue de nos terres et de nos cours d’eau. Le rapport démontre que des progrès ont été réalisés, incluant le règlement sur les déchets électroniques visant à réduire les taux de déchets jetés, la protection d’une plus grande superficie de terres en vertu de la loi, et un plan d’action en réaction aux changements climatiques. « Afin d’assurer la prospérité future de la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous devons travailler ensemble : tous les ordres de gouvernement, les entreprises, les groupes communautaires et chaque Néo-Écossais, » a dit M. Parent. La loi appuie l’initiative Possibilités pour une prospérité durable, une stratégie de croissance économique pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle aidera la province à atteindre un rendement économique égal ou supérieur à la moyenne nationale d’ici 2020 et à jeter les bases pour une croissance continue. « Ce gouvernement crée des conditions gagnantes pour profiter des possibilités d’aujourd’hui sans compromettre notre avenir, » a dit M. MacIsaac. « Notre stratégie de croissance économique combine les systèmes environnementaux, sociaux et économiques afin de renforcer le capital financier, matériel, naturel, humain et social. » Le deuxième rapport annuel sur la stratégie met en évidence les domaines de croissance et de progrès envers un climat d’affaires solide. Par exemple, les programmes gouvernementaux tels que le programme Opportunités Nouvelle-Écosse contribuent à assurer une main-d’oeuvre douée et solide à l’appui du développement des affaires. L’outil amélioré de remise sur les salaires de Nova Scotia Business Inc. permet une plus grande flexibilité et aide les entreprises à améliorer leur caractère concurrentiel. Il aidera Parrsboro Metal Fabricators Ltd. à maintenir au moins 68 emplois à temps plein au cours des cinq prochaines années alors que l’entreprise concentrera ses efforts sur l’expansion de sa gamme de produits de chauffage éconergétiques. Un autre exemple est le concours I-3 Technology Start-Up de InNOVAcorp. InNOVAcorp collaborera avec 50 des 121 entrepreneurs qui ont participé au concours afin de les aider à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour créer des entreprises axées sur le savoir. Pour plus d’information au sujet de la loi sur l’environnement et sur la prospérité durable et son rapport d’étape, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement au www.gov.ns.ca/nse. La stratégie Possibilités pour une prospérité durable et son rapport d’étape peuvent être consultés sur le site Web du ministère du Développement économique au www.gov.ns.ca/econ/ofsp.
Nova Scotian hunters are looking forward to the start of another deer hunting season, beginning Friday, Oct. 31. “Nova Scotia’s hunter safety training program has resulted in an excellent record. I trust this year will be no exception,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “Deer hunting not only provides recreation for nearly 40,000 participants, but puts meat on thousands of tables, generates economic activity in rural areas and helps manage deer numbers to the benefit of all Nova Scotians.” The five-week season excludes Sundays and runs until Dec. 6. Hunters and non-hunters are reminded to wear hunter orange when in the woods. Again this year, meat can be donated to Nova Scotia’s food banks through Feed Nova Scotia’s Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Hunters can bring a deer or moose to one of the participating meat cutters to donate a portion of the meat and make a significant difference to families in need. With the exception of those hunters who qualify for a bonus stamp in zone 2A, all hunters have a limit of one deer. Only hunters holding an antlerless stamp or a bonus stamp are allowed to hunt antlerless deer. Information on the 2008 draw and the bonus deer stamp offered in Zone 2A can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ .
The Maritime Museum’s events are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Feed Nova Scotia. For more information on museum events and other African Heritage Month activities, visit maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca or www.gov.ns.ca/ansa. Safe Harbour will tell the stories of Nova Scotian immigrants of African descent, from the Black Loyalists in the 1780s to War of 1812 refugees to more recent arrivals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Feb. 5, 2-4 p.m.) Author Jon Tattrie will present The Africville Explosion, a discussion on how rebuilding efforts after the 1917 Halifax Explosion revitalized north-end Halifax while largely ignoring Africville. His tale of two cities will shed light on the events that led to Africville’s eventual razing in the 1960s. (Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.) Renowned cultural heritage expert John Franklin will speak at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Tuesday, Feb. 15, one of the highlights of the museum’s slate of activities celebrating African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia. Mr. Franklin is the director of Partnerships and International Programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. He has spoken and presented in countries from Bermuda to Senegal, and he will share his thoughts on preserving African culture and heritage in a talk called Perspectives on the Black Museum Movement on Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maritime Museum, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. “I’ve had the privilege of hearing John Franklin speak, and he is a wealth of information on preserving and promoting African heritage,” said African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris. “We’re thrilled to have him here this month. We think he’ll be a real asset to some of our own community groups who are developing sites and resources that tell their stories to a wider audience.” While in Nova Scotia, Mr. Franklin will meet with university students and faculty, as well as cultural organizations such as the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, the Black Cultural Society and the Africville Heritage Trust. He will also give a free lecture, Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m., at Cole Harbour Public Library, 51 Forest Hills Parkway. The Maritime Museum will host two other African Heritage Month events in February:
Nova Scotian families with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive conditions will benefit from a new search and rescue tracking system that will increase the chances of survival for those who stray from their homes. The province and Project Lifesaver Association of Nova Scotia today, April 12, announced federal funding of about $273,000 to help supply equipment and training for a radio frequency tracking system. “We think immediately of James Delorey,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Emergency Management. “This little boy’s death affected all of us. The Project Lifesaver program will help save the lives of those enrolled if they become lost and confused.” James Delorey, 7, had autism. He died from hypothermia on Dec. 7, 2009, after spending two days outdoors in stormy winter weather, not far from his home in South Bar, near Sydney. The tragic story of James’s death, and the poignant efforts of his dog, Chance, to keep him warm during the ordeal, deeply moved Nova Scotians. The new equipment includes receivers that will be assigned to Ground Search and Rescue teams taking part in the Project Lifesaver Association of Nova Scotia program. People enrolled in the program wear small bracelet Personal Locator Units that emit coded radio signals unique to each user. When a person with a transmitter is reported missing, a vehicle-mounted and hand-held antennae is used to scan the search area to locate the person. Most locator users are found shortly after reported missing. There are 24 Ground Search and Rescue teams across the province, with most expected to participate in the program. Project Lifesaver Association of Nova Scotia, the non-profit organization behind the initiative, was founded a year ago by Ron and Nancy Arenburg. The Arenburgs, volunteers with the Valley Search and Rescue Association in Cambridge, Kings Co., worked closely with community partners. The couple’s involvement with search and rescue, and the fact that Ron Arenburg’s late father was an Alzheimer’s sufferer, motivated them to research lost-person tracking techniques and set up a local Project Lifesaver chapter. Valley Ground Search and Rescue bought Project Lifesaver equipment for Kings County, which has worked well. Nancy Arenburg, secretary-treasurer of Project Lifesaver in Nova Scotia, said a few people in the Annapolis Valley already have the bracelets, which give them peace of mind. “They still have to be vigilant,” Nancy Arenburg said. “But they also know that if a child with autism or a senior with Alzheimer’s wanders off, the chances of locating them are excellent as a result of this program.” Funding is from the federal Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund, run by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat in the Department of National Defence. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, 15,275 Nova Scotians have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia. The Provincial Autism Centre says one in every 110 people have autism and many people with the disorder wander.
PICTOU COUNTY: Brookland Road Brookland Road near the intersection of the Six Mile Brook Road is closed to traffic due to a storm washout. There is a detour via Six Mile Brook Road and Graveyard Dunbar Road. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 -30-
The province has appointed an experienced civil servant to review budget options for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board that will put kids and learning first. Doug Stewart, a senior Treasury Board advisor, begins his review today, April 12. “Over the past 18 months, Doug worked in my department and with school board staff, including Chignecto-Central, on the new funding formula and other issues,” Education Minister Ramona Jennex said. “He understands school board budgets well, and he understands the province’s commitment to putting students first in funding decisions.” Mr. Stewart, who has 28 years of experience in the civil service, will report to the province within the next two weeks. The province will discuss the report with school board officials by the end of the month before final budget decisions are made. “The board will still have difficult decisions to make, given the reality of declining enrolments,” said Ms. Jennex. “But having more options on the table that protect critical services for kids is imperative.” Since 2008-09, the province increased per-student funding in Chignecto-Central Regional School Board by 12 per cent, to its highest point ever this year. Over the same time period, enrolment dropped by 7.5 per cent, or more than 1,700 students. In 2012-13, the school board will receive $177 million, including $3.8 million for libraries, to educate its students.
The 2013-14 edition of the 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan maps out 140 road and bridge projects that will lead to thousands of jobs, millions of dollars to the economy and safer and better travel for Nova Scotians. Since 2009, the province has resurfaced more than 2,500 kilometres of paved road and invested more than $1.1 billion in highway capital construction. “When we launched the plan in 2010, it was the first time Nova Scotians could look ahead to road improvements,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Since then, we have been working to get the plan together earlier, to be more accountable to Nova Scotians about where tax dollars will go in the next year and give private companies more time to prepare for tenders.” Mr. Smith said increased competition across the province and investments in innovations, such as a new mobile asphalt plant and greater use of pavement preservation techniques, have already resulted in significant savings and will continue to save taxpayer dollars in the long run. This will also allow some capital projects to start ahead of schedule. The plan allows Nova Scotians to learn about major construction projects, repaving, major bridge replacements and maintenance and infrastructure work year by year. It outlines ways to make funding go further, types of roads and how they are prioritized, and a project schedule for the next five years. The province paved or resurfaced more than 600 kilometres during 2012-13, 100 kilometres more than planned. The 2013-14 plan aims to do 700 kilometres of resurfacing. The total highway capital budget for 2013-14 is $245.8 million. Additional operational funding for highway maintenance will be made available as part of the 2013-14 budget. The 2013-14 5-year Highway Improvement Plan is online at http://gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan. Planned provincial road improvements are also available on an interactive map: http://gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/2013_14Content.asp.
Premier Darrell Dexter tonight, May 9, accepted the resignation from Cabinet of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. Mr. Paris offered his resignation from Cabinet following an incident at the House of Assembly in the afternoon. “Mr. Paris offered his resignation this evening and I have accepted it,” said Premier Dexter. “Percy has been a valued member of my team. He has made important contributions to the province. He has been a champion for African Nova Scotians in the Cabinet and caucus. However, Percy must now focus on dealing with the allegations made against him.” Mr. Paris continues to serve as MLA for Waverley-Fall River- Beaver Bank. Premier Dexter will announce changes to cabinet on Friday morning.
Government has decided an alternative service delivery option, through a private sector partner, is not the right option to modernize the motor vehicles, companies and land registries. After thorough research and analysis, Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey announced today, April 18, that government will develop and implement a plan to modernize the registries, and in turn, enhance service to citizens. This was the first full review of the registries to determine how they could be modernized and deliver better service to Nova Scotians. “When we compared a private-sector led option to a government-led approach it was determined the financial benefits were marginal and too many uncertainties remained. This outcome does not serve the best interests of Nova Scotians,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotians have told us that Service Nova Scotia is doing a good job serving them, but we can do better. “We know we are not meeting the recommended national benchmark developed by the Institute for Citizen Central Services. Our goal is to make services more convenient, and efficient for Nova Scotians”. The criteria used to assess alternative service delivery and the government-led approach included economic benefits, risks, employee considerations, and the best way to achieve results. Research included a jurisdictional review, and an assessment of the qualifications and interest of appropriate partners. New IT systems are required to support the registries. The system supporting the Registry of Joint Stock Companies is 20 years old. The procurement process is expected to begin in the next eight to 12 weeks to replace it. A plan will also be developed to replace or update the IT systems supporting the land and motor vehicles registries. The motor vehicles, companies and land registries conduct about 2.5 million transactions per year and bring in about $150 million annually in revenue.
An independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that the Nova Scotia Department of Environment discriminated against Sandra Wakeham when it did not provide reasonable accommodation as an employer for her disability. Board chair Kathryn Raymond ruled that the Department of Environment must pay Ms. Wakeham $35,000 in general damages and $51,000 in damages for the loss of past income. The finding and related remedies were determined after a board of inquiry which began in June 2016. Ms. Raymond has issued a two-part decision, which can be found online at https://humanrights.novascotia.ca/content/board-inquiry-decisions. -30-
CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Melbourne Road Melbourne Road from Route 334, Acadia, for about three kilometres towards Pinkneys Point, has alternating lane closures for maintenance and paving until Monday, Oct. 2. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Cumberland Road, south of Bridgewater New Cumberland Road from Lakefield Road to Mount Pleasant, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Laconia Road, Laconia A closure is in place at the south end of Laconia Road, about 350 metres north of Lapland Road in Laconia, for a culvert replacement. A detour is in place on Lapland Road to Route 325 to Route 210 to Waterloo Road. Work is expected to be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 26. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lapland Road, west of Bridgewater Lapland Road, from the intersection of Route 325 south for 6.5 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trout Brook Bridge Trout Brook Bridge on Trout Brook Road, near Tatamagouche, is closed for repairs until Tuesday, Sept 26. Signed detour is in place. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept 30. A detour is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Friday, Dec. 15. -30- CONTINUING WORK
Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi will attend the May 30 swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for the second term. An official source said Bedi left here for Delhi Tuesday. The Lt Governor will in the meanwhile complete three years in office on Wednesday, but will not be in the union territory because of her visit to Delhi. She has been at loggerheads with Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his government on various administrative issues ever since she assumed office in May 29 2016.
Washington DC: The Trump administration has said it is not going back on its decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme, terming the suspension a “done deal”. The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentscountries. On March 4, President Donald Trump announced that the US intended to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP programme. The 60-day notice period ended on May 3. A formal notification is now expected anytime. The Trump administration has prioritised working with the Government of India to ensure that US companies have a level playing field, a senior State Department official told reporters on Thursday, hours after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second time following his spectacular electoral victory in the general elections. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”The persistent market access issues, which we were engaged with our Indian counterparts over the last year, led us to announce in March that we would be suspending or withdrawing India’s benefits under the generalised system of Preferences Program,” said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “That suspension is a done deal. Now the task is how do we look ahead; how do we work under the second Modi Administration, to identify a path forward?” the official said, reflecting the Trump administration’s decision that the GSP termination is final. Under the GSP programme, nearly 2,000 products including auto components and textile materials can enter the US duty-free if the beneficiary developing countries meet the eligibility criteria established by Congress. India was the largest beneficiary of the program in 2017 with $5.7 billion in imports to the US given duty-free status and Turkey the fifth largest with $1.7 billion in covered imports, according to a Congressional Research Service report issued in January. “We believe there’s enormous potential to grow our trade relationship and to help stimulate the jobs that Prime Minister Modi is committed to bringing to an overwhelmingly young Indian population. “We believe that if India is prepared to address policies including data localisation and ecommerce measures, that served to stifle international investment from top tier companies, that we can continue to make significant progress moving forward,” the official said. Noting that President Trump has already made the announcement regarding his decision to terminate the designation of India as a beneficiary nation under GSP, the official said there was a 60-day notification to Congress. The official said that does not rule out in the future, being able to achieve the reforms and the market access that the US needs under this programme to restore benefits. “But I think we need to be looking forward at how do we relaunch an ambitious set of discussions between our trade teams in order to address these outstanding irritants,” the official said, asserting that there is every reason to believe that the GSP suspension will move forward. Responding to questions, the official reiterated that India needed to address some of its major concerns in particular those related to market access and data localisation. “Data localisation is a phenomenon that’s been taking place globally where we’ve seen increasing digital protectionism. While we recognise that there are legitimate security and privacy and law enforcement issues related to data protection, we’re looking at nearly eight per cent of India’s GDP, about $160 billion is associated with IT firms who depend upon the free flow of data,” the official said.
Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Thursday took charge of key departments of Finance, Power and Public Works department, an official said.Earlier Deputy Chief Minister Joykumar Singh was in charge of the Finance department while the Power and Public Works department were with Th Biswajit Singh. A Cabinet meeting was held on Wednesday to discuss the financial crisis in the state as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a ban on all transaction of funds from the account of Manipur government with effect from June for having overdrawn in excess of arrangements agreed upon with the bank. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission: ShahThe Cabinet has authorised the chief minister to take all necessary disciplinary actions to imbibe a culture of financial prudence and propriety in key state government departments, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s secretariat said on Thursday. A thorough investigation of the sanction procedures and financial management would be conducted for all key departments. The government is committed to bringing a new phase wherein financial discipline will be the hallmark of governance. The government also assures its employees that timely disbursement of salaries and benefits will not be impact, the release said. Also Read – In last 5 yrs, never conspired to pull down govt: UddhavThe chief minister’s secretariat issued an order stating that it was noted that huge amounts were withdrawn by Public Works and Power department during the period of March to May, 2019 while the Model Code of Conduct was in force. The order said that a three-committee comprising Principal secretary V Vumlunmang, commissioner-cum-secretary Nidhi Kesarwani and deputy secretary W Ajit Singh would examine the large withdrawals by other departments.
Lucknow: In what could be a major embarrassment for the Lucknow Police, as many as 305 policemen, including 155 traffic personnel, were booked for traffic violations in a day-long campaign in Lucknow on Friday. Most of these men and women in uniform were of constable and sub-inspector rank, and all were prosecuted for riding two- wheelers without helmets. The day-long drive that began in the morning and continued till late evening also penalised another 3,117 motorists and bikers for various traffic violations. Lucknow SSP Kalanidhi Naithani said: “Policemen should lead by example. Hence, we decided to conduct the drive also at Police Lines, where many were caught without helmets. We are going to make sure that cops do not get away simply because they are cops.” Naithani added that this would be a sustained drive and not just a one-day affair. A total of Rs 1.38 lakh was collected as fine on the first day. “During the first few days, we will focus on people riding two-wheelers without helmets. Next, motorists without seat belts will be brought to book,” said ASP (traffic) Purnendu Singh. He said that 574 vehicles had been identified for being repeat offenders, having violated traffic rules four times or more. “We have initiated the process to suspend registration of such vehicles,” the ASP said. Singh added that they had identified certain areas in the city where commuters would not be allowed to enter without a helmet. Multi-level parking lots will also not allow entry of bikers without helmets.